An Urgent Plea to Republican Leaders


Dear Republican Leaders, I am writing and open letter to you, in the hopes that you will answer my urgent plea. In recent days, Donald Trump has increased both the frequency and stridency of his suggestions that our presidential election is “rigged.” Just today, Mr. Trump said the following at a rally in front of […]

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Election PTSD


It seems to me everybody I know is feeling it. A feeling that this election has stirred up the dark underbelly of American society. It’s like we’ve been cooking a big batch of chili, and dragged up the charred, bitter, burned detritus from the bottom of the pot.   We are stirred up. And what […]

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City Hawk


How about forgetting  politics for a moment? Turning our heads outward and upward? Here’s a song I wrote over the weekend. It’s about my spirit animal…Hawks. Feel free to share, and hope you enjoy it. Every time I see a Hawk, especially in the city, I gasp….they take me out of my self, and my […]

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We passed a significant milestone with Connections last Sunday night. We officially passed the $300,000 mark in funds raised by the band. Wow. Pretty freakin’ awesome. Key numbers: 10 years. 58 shows. $301,262 raised. Below, you’ll find some graphs, that detail how much has been raised for each beneficiary, and how much was raised each […]

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800 seguidoras

This, right here, is officially the 800th entry for “When EF Talks.” It’s a little hard to fathom, really. That’s a heck-of-a-lot ‘o writing over a heck-of-a-lot ‘o years.   By the numbers, we’ve had almost half a million reads (460,190, to be exact…) during that time. Eight hundred entries. 460,000 reads.(1) Wow… So, let […]

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Remembering Ken Foree

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Ken Foree has died. Dr. Ken Foree lived a long and beautiful life, and died at his home this week, at age 91. As I have said many times over the years, Ken Foree was one of the kindest, most compassion, and most generous human beings I have ever known. He has a quiet, slow […]

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These Rooms

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We take Maria to college tomorrow. All week, I’ve been posting links to songs that speak to me in this moment of transition and change for all of us. Here’s another, very personal one. Many years ago, I wrote a song for Maria. It was recorded and released years ago. But I put down a […]

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Windows and Doors


At the last of the five San Antonio missions. Espada is definitely my favorite. Such a sense of the holy here. The last of the five on the mission trail. On my bike today, so it’s a kind of pilgrimage to get here. The last time I was here, perhaps because it had been a […]

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Keep Hope Alive


As I watched Bernie Sanders’ speech last night at the Democratic National Convention, I was taken back to 1988, and the night Jesse Jackson spoke. I had voted for Jesse Jackson in the primaries, and was a big supporter of his that year. This followed two straight previous elections where I had voted for Ronald […]

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Sermon In Response to the Dallas Shootings


This is different, isn’t it? We’ve been here before. We’ve been in church, the Sunday after some mass shooting…somewhere…and we’ve viscerally felt the horror and the shock. You’ve heard me preach on those Sundays. But this is so different. This is our home. Our city. Violence toward our police. In our downtown, where some of […]

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